It's a quarter of a century since I last visited Hampton Court Palace. I had a film camera in those days but, as far as I can remember, I don't think I took many (if any) photos on that trip. Today we returned to Cardinal Thomas Wolsey's palace on the banks of the Thames and it was fascinating how little I remembered of the place. Of course, when Wolsey fell out of favour with King Henry VIII the King claimed Hampton Court for himself and it remained home to English royalty until Georgian times.
Our wanderings through the palace took us through history, from Henry VIII and his six wives, through the Stuart period, finishing with changes made in the eighteenth century by the four King Georges. I knew it would probably be fairly dark inside but hadn't anticipated quite how challenging the gloom would be for my camera at times!
My two lenses of choice today were my 12-35mm lens (equivalent to a 24-70 on a 35mm camera) and my super wide angle 7-14mm lens. I went expecting to just use the wide angle for the bigger pieces of architecture. However, it proved to be a really handy tool and fifteen of my eighteen final photos were taken with it as it often gave me the opportunity to find a different angle on the architecture.